Hello! Hope you all had a great Summer! A special welcome to all the new children in Class 1- they have settled in so quickly and are already quite independent at coming into the classroom each morning-brilliant! We can see we are going to have lots of fun together!
Our whole school topic this term is ‘Space’ and we have turned our inside role play area into the International Space Station! The children are already dressing up as astronauts, writing space logs and creating space adventures in there. We will be learning about rockets, the planets, the sun and stars as well as finding out about the astronauts who have been to the moon. This is a fabulous topic for space inspired painting, collage, construction and drama too alongside some fun alien songs!
Our English lessons will also be Space themed- there might even be some Aliens in Underpants! We will be enjoying both fiction and non-fiction texts, writing our names, labels and captions and then focusing on writing sentences using capital letters, full stops and adjectives. The children will read individually, in pairs and in a small group (guided reading) every week at school and it is expected that they also read at home at least three times a week- there are lots of reward systems in place to encourage regular reading- it is so important! Our phonics lessons will also continue: some children are learning individual letter sounds, some are blending these to make 3 and 4 letter words and others are learning to recognise and use digraphs and trigraphs (2 and 3 letter phonemes eg. ai and igh) in their reading and writing. Your child’s weekly spellings are linked to these sounds- please help your child to practice them!
In Maths we are starting the term counting-forwards and backwards. The children are learning to recognise numerals to 10, 20 and then 100 and the year 1 and 2 children are also learning to write these numbers in words. We are developing our understanding of 1 more and 1 less. Some children are working on ‘Place Value’; recognising the value of each digit in a 2-digit number, partitioning numbers and using the < and > symbols to compare numbers. Later in the term we will all move onto addition and subtraction as well as learning to recognise, name and describe 2d and 3d shapes.
P.E. is on a Monday. Swimming is on a Friday. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school with everything labelled- especially jumpers and cardigans which really do end up everywhere!
Our science topic is ‘Everyday Materials’ and we will also look at how materials are used, their special properties and how they can be changed. We will also be learning about Famous People, especially inventors and this will involve a class visit to Woolsthorpe Manor, Sir Isaac Newton’s birthplace in November- more details to follow!
You can see we have a busy and exciting term ahead! If you have any resources eg. books, DVDs, photos or personal experiences that would link to the topics and benefit the children, we’d love to hear from you. Likewise, should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to pop in and see us.